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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Crusaders disappointed in forbidden fruit theory

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land in the 12th century learned, to their amazement, that apples were not native to the area.

    Apples were supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, so the Crusaders thought the translators of the Bible were mistaken, and some other fruit was intended.

    Many researchers today believe it was the apricot, but the Crusaders of that century thought it was the big, yellow, citrus fruit they called the pomelo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • Lawyer claims gunfire at cat sanctuary

    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart and his attorney allege shots were being fired inside the big-cat sanctuary last week.

    They called police, although they don’t believe shots were being fired at them.

    Rhynehart faces a reckless endangerment charge for allegedly shooting at Tiger Haven on May 14, 2013. He denies the charge, insisting he was shooting at a private range built on his 114-acre farm that abuts Tiger Haven.

  • Vanderbilt study sheds light on the origins of breast cancer

    A protein essential for growth of normal breast tissue also may play a role in breast cancer, Vanderbilt University researchers have found.

    Reporting recently in Nature Cell Biology, Yongliang Huo and Ian Macara for the first time describe the function of a protein called Par3L, which is expressed by a gene Macara and colleagues discovered at the University of Virginia in 2002.

    Par3L is very similar to another protein, Par3, which functions as a polarity protein.

  • Star in the works
  • Election snafu costs us all in voter confidence

    There probably isn’t anyone beating himself up out there worse than Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway last week.

    You could see it in his face Friday as the commission and witnesses dealt with the problem of an uncounted early-vote card from a Harriman precinct voting machine.

    But voting is serious business in a democracy, and so we feel we must add our voice to those criticizing the mistake.

  • GLIMPSES: Of rights, responsibilities & 21st century challenges

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity.

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Hearing on tax-hike request

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 budget on Thursday.

    The Roane County Board of Education is asking for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund the school budget.

    “So far everything has been respectful on both sides,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “I’m hoping that’s going to continue.”

  • Free eats for some schools in Roane County

    Students at Ridge View Elementary in Rockwood, Bowers Elementary and Harriman Middle School in Harriman and Midway Elementary are all eating for free.

    The funds are from the Community Eligibility provision of National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said those schools all have the highest indicators of need in the system.

  • Manson Clan’s Davis refused parole again

    A California parole board’s decision to release Charles Manson follower and Roane County native Bruce Davis has been overturned again.

    Manson and his followers went on a killing spree in 1969. Davis was convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was sent to California state prison in 1972 with a life sentence.

    He was granted parole in March, but the parole board’s decision was overturned by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

  • Porter Park’s renovation moves to faster track

    Kingston’s newest old park will soon get a serious upgrade, and Kingston officials are now hashing out the details.

    The county deeded Gertrude Porter Park — which used to be school property — to the city in February. And while city officials were pleased with the prospect of acquiring the facility, they knew it needed more than a little rehabilitation. Toward that end, they applied for a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant from the state.